Change is Good
So, here we are on the eve of a new era in American history. It is a time of many firsts and, I hope, a time of many lasts. For me, I just moved from the country to the city with my beautiful wife, Emily whom I’ve been married to for a little more than four years now. Our new apartment is our first place that has just about all we ever wanted in a home minus the option to have a pet. It is also the first time we have felt that we can start a home together.
Our first place together was the apartment I lived in during my college years which was perfect for me and my room-mate, but when he moved out and Emily moved in, it was an awkward transition and we never really felt like that was our home. We then moved out to the country where the air was clear and free of the city noise. It was a nice place with cheap rent, but it was also just a move of convenience.
We had just both graduated and Emily was blessed with a teaching job at Kings Valley Charter School, a small country school with about a hundred students. Our new place was only ten minutes away from her work. As I struggled to find a full time job, subbing as much as possible, I ended up staying home a lot. It was nice to be able to have the time to myself and to be able to think about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, but a person can only do that for so long. And neither of us we able to really feel at home because of the conditions of our new place…smelly water, no storage, no closets, no dishwasher (I love dishwashers), no mailing address of our own, and being twenty minutes from the nearest grocery store wasn’t exactly convenient. We did, however, enjoy being close to some good friends of ours who also work at the charter school.
Well, I finally landed a job as a high school Humanities teacher at…you guessed it…the same school Emily works at. KVCS added 9th grade this year with plans to add a grade each consecutive year. This year has been more than I could ever hope for. It is a joy to come to work everyday and be a part of my students’ lives. This job is probably the most demanding job I can think of, but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else or doing anything but this.
So, we can finally afford a nice, new place in the city. A place we can finally create a living space that we can enjoy to its fullest and be the hosts that we’ve always wanted to be. We love having friends over and we can’t wait to enjoy that company.
Moving forward, change, hope, growth…all these things are good. But the truth is they mean nothing if you don’t share it with somebody. We may face challenges in this life, but we are never alone. When you work with somebody you can accomplish anything, go wherever you want to go and do whatever you want to do. It just takes a little work, some patience and a positive attitude.